Meet the Team
Dedicated to providing near real-time satellite products
Director of GINA
Associate Research Professor
(Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Group at the Geophysical Institute)
Carl is a meteorologist working for GINA as a satellite liaison, developer, and trainer. He previously worked for the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years as a forecaster and Science Operations Officer. This experience provides insight into the satellite needs of operational weather forecasters in Alaska, with a focus on the development of tools and training that assists in the transition from research to operations.
Geospatial Data Analyst
Geospatial Data Analyst
Hunter is an undergraduate student at UAF majoring in Physics and Computer Science. His main area of study has been space plasmas but is learning a lot about the Arctic while at GINA. He helps with special programming and research-related projects, with his primary goals being retrieving and handling satellite-retrieved snow data. He was born and raised in Alaska, really enjoys being outdoors, especially with his dogs, and likes to play the piano.
Communications & Outreach:
Grace is an undergraduate student at UAF majoring in Biological Sciences and Science Communications, and is focusing on climate change and arctic issues in her studies. Grace currently operates GINA’s social media pages, organizes presentations, manages the website, and compiles Quick Guides on GINA’s products. She has published several articles describing the role of satellites and GINA in Alaska and how they contribute to everything from tracking wildfires to following spring breakup. At GINA, she is learning more about using GIS programming and creating informative publications while utilizing her skills in writing and graphic design.
Benjamin is an undergraduate student at UAF pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Science. While he enjoys computer graphics and application development he has come to appreciate the web-development and data science GINA challenges him with. At GINA, he has developed a firepoint statistics dashboard and is maintaining GINA’s feeder product delivery site. Ben enjoys the outdoors of Alaska including fishing, hiking, camping, and spending his time with friends and family.
Natural Resources & GIS Technician
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Forestry & Natural Resources and a minor in Geospatial Information Systems, Elizabeth worked a variety of jobs in Northern California before coming to Fairbanks to work on Interior Alaska’s Forest Inventory & Analysis measurements programs. With past experience working in the timber industry, natural resource consulting, and geospatial research, Elizabeth is interested in utilizing geospatial programs to do further research on natural resource systems.
Liam Forbes is the manager of the Research Computing Systems group at the Geophysical Institute. He supervises a team of systems analysts, network engineers, computer technicians, and web developers to provide research cyberinfrastructure and information technology support for the UAF Geophysical Institute and other UA research communities, including GINA.